Bernie Sanders returns to Washington Thursday for a high-stakes meeting with President Obama – and later, Harry Reid – where one of his key demands in exchange for a chance at party peace could be nothing less than the removal of Democratic boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The Vermont senator, whose Democratic presidential campaign is still kicking despite Hillary Clinton clinching the nomination earlier this week, is set for an Oval Office meeting with the president Thursday morning. Fox News has learned Wasserman Schultz’s leadership of the Democratic National Committee is one issue he could bring up in the unity huddle.
Sanders and the DNC chairwoman have been at odds for months, with Sanders’ team long accusing her of helping now-presumptive nominee Clinton.
Whether Sanders seeks – and the president would even consider – a Schultz sacrifice is the open question.
“I don’t see how she makes it through the convention,” one Democratic lawmaker told Fox News. “The key to Hillary winning is getting Sanders supporters on board.”
So far, Obama and even Clinton have resisted applying public pressure on Sanders to drop out, though their patience may soon wear thin. Thursday’s meetings will be a chance to test what it is Sanders is looking for, with party leaders eager to bring his millions of supporters back into the fold.